GUBNA Imperial IPA - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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GUBNA Imperial IPAGUBNA Imperial IPA

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Reviews: 929
Hads: 2,752
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 16.62%
Wants: 97
Gots: 335 | FT: 3
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Oskar Blues Grill & Brew visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: natelocc787 on 01-15-2010

Gubna was bred from Oskar Blues Brewery’s hankering to confront 100+ IBUs by cranking up the complexity of hops by pouring Cascade on top of copious amounts of Summit, then balancing that with a backbone of German Dark Munich Malt and Rye Malt. GUBNA’s post-fermentation dry-hopping with both hops allows this monstrosity to gently coax the citrus rind and grapefruit aroma while providing a rye malt-induced, spicy-yet-round middle, and a brisk, clean bitter finish (10 percent ABV, 100+ IBUs).
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Photo of Panda_Brew
4.81/5  rDev +29%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Oskar Blues - Gubna
'Ello Gubna! This beer kicks ass, that's pretty much it.
Even opening the can releases a stone fruit, sappy, citrusy fragrance.
A: Frothy creamy beige head with a crystal clear toasted gold body and tiny bubbles rising up in mini streams.
S: Those sappy citrus and stone fruit notes are right up front with a hint to tropical oakiness - which is really cool.
T: Magical. . . it's simply, yet complexly, great. It's so clean with the hops as sweet as candy, the oak adds a whole layer to substitute the missing malts. Tropical hops, pine hops, stone fruit hops, candy hops, dank hops, citrus hops, all are present in this chief - all well represented and working together to kick so much ass that it's time to look for a new pair of boots.
M: Super clean with a medium carbonation which works with the medium/thick body to make it dance. The booziness and hop tang leave a nice tingle while performing a self palate cleanse to get ready for the next swig.
O: One of my favorite IPA's: not overly bitter, but hoppy as all - the focus is all on hops in this, the malts are non existent, but to keep it from being boring the oak grants the contrast needed to keep it from being another boring gimmick where hops are just dumped with out regard (not the cool, reckless abandon lack of regard. . . walking into traffic with out looking kind of cavalier). Awesome job guys, 96 (1,405 characters)

Photo of Beric
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving: Sampler at Gordon's Fine Wine and Liquor in Waltham, MA
Served: 1 May 2015

Appearance: Pours a dark kind of ugly reddish-brown color with a thin head that quickly collapses into nothingness under influence of the high ABV.

Smell: The malts are so big in this one, the hop notes are almost subdued underneath an oppressive cloying sweetness.

Taste: Huge, sweet, caramelly malt notes and some aggressive citrus and piney hops to go on top. Finishes medium-sweet.

Mouthfeel: Massive.

Overall: A decent beer, but one I wouldn't grab all too often. Much sweeter malt profile than other DIPAs. (601 characters)

Photo of hophugger
4.32/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours an amazing royal gold color with 2 fingers of head with miniscule bubbles and thick, all over the glass lacing clinging for as long as possible. Aroma is of orange cream, pineapple, mango, pineapple and hop resin. Taste is large and in charge with flavors of cream, orange, papaya, pineapple, sweet malts and a bold hit of hop bitterness. This beer is full-flavored and for the high abv(10.00), it stays hidden more than I would have expected. This beer has an amazing balance and the aftertaste is lighter than expected, but still there to remind you of the great brew that you just drank !! (598 characters)

Photo of Onemoresolo
4.59/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

[3/12/15 can]

Smells like dank pineapple with a slight hint of alcohol. This is going to be good.

It tastes like... everything. There's lots of pineapple here, with peach, lemongrass, and a general tropical fruit flavor throughout. There's no sign of the alcohol content (i.e. cloying sweetness or over-the-top heat). Pleasantly surprised, since I expected a can full of onions. Definitely a memorable brew that I can't help but gulp down. (441 characters)

Photo of beerfootfreak
4.31/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Holy shit! This can is unlike anything I expected. The aromas subdued but sweetly slinking it's neck out of the can. I'm endeared to a second deep repugnant sniff. I dash to the snifter the only way to enjoy a hopped sick liquid of this caliber. It pours a golden glow inebriated with an orange hue. Not much head but I poured 'err slow. I'm left with not quite delicate lacing quaffably scattered throughout my glass. The sweet, boozy malt invades my nose laced with insane tropical hop tastes. Coconut, mango, nothing like I expected. This fucker tastes like the goddamn piña colada of IPAs. Beseech me for howling from the mountain but high aces on this mountain high super hopped DIPA! (690 characters)

Photo of bigbeerfan
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look - Pours copper with a fluffy white head

Smell - Pineapple. It took me a while to zero in on what it was I was smelling but once I identified it I couldn't smell anything else.

Taste - Not very hop forward. Much more malt than hops. IBUs are hidden as is the 10%ABV. This one will sneak up on you if you're not careful.

Feel - Nice body. Appropriate for the style.

Overall - Not a bad beer but probably not one I'll go out of my way for. (445 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear light orange in color, with a prominent, finely-beaded white head, with good retention. Thick lacing coats the glass walls in an unbroken sheet.

Aroma: Very prominent grapefruit rind dominates the aroma, though there are some lesser pine tar notes to be had. The malt offers up what would normally be a strong wave of sweet caramel, but it is utterly overwhelmed by the hops. The high ABV (10.0%) makes its presence known by a gracious and understated vinous note,quite free of solvent aromas..

Taste: Opens with a surge of tropical and citrus, particularly grapefruit flavors, which overlay a strong malt backbone of sweet caramel and rye. As the taste progresses, sweet alcohol, caramel malt, and a massive hop presence struggle for supremacy. In the end, its a three-way standoff. Why am I thinking of the triangular standoff at the end of The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly? A lingering citrus hops presence brings the taste to a pleasant close.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft and velvety, very full.

Drinkability/notes: Quite over-the-top, a bit much for my taste, but well done, nonetheless.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce aluminum can, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice. (1,217 characters)

Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.63/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Dogfish Head IPA glass.

A - 4.5 - Pours just a few shades of orange darker than your standard gold domestic beer. Forms an easy 2 fingers of slightly off-white, dense creamy head. High head potential, medium/high head retention. Nice thick solid walls of lacing.
S - 4.5 - Tart pear, spice, honey, honeysuckle, grapefruit, hops, orange, apple and light touches of mango and pineapple.
T - 4.75 - No traces of alcohol whatsoever, very impressive. Slightly tart, medium sweet citrus beginning with a lightly bitter hoppy finish. Reminds me of Avery's Maharaja, and that's a good thing!
F - 4.75 - Nice medium/full, thicker mouthfeel.
O - 4.5 - A very smooth and deceptively easy drinking IPA. As far as sessioning doubles goes, this is one of the most sessionable imperial IPAs I've had! Highly recommended! (820 characters)

Photo of huntley101888
4.39/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This can is a replacement from the brewery for an issue that I had with a previous can. With that having been said, I will get on with the review.

Poured into another brewery's tulip glass. Deep golden color with off white head. Crystal clear.

Smell is subtle. Not a lot of hop forward scents. Smells "sweet" and somewhat boozy. You would expect some boozy smell out of a 10% beer.

Tastes sweet as it hits the tongue. Tropical fruit flavor (not sure which ones - maybe mango). Bitterness hits the back of your tongue as you swallow and that is paired with an ever so slight boozy hotness. Very slight. This hides it more than a comparable beer, Hi-Res from Sixpoint.

Mouthfeel is thick, which is expected out of this full body DIPA.

Overall this is a very good double IPA. As I mentioned before, I would compare it to something like Sixpoint's Hi-Res. The price point near my house ($15.49/4-pack) makes this a few and far between type of beer, but if I saw it at a restaurant, I would certainly order it. (1,010 characters)

Photo of BigD1975
4.58/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I really like this beer by Oscar Blues, looks like a cloudy golden beer, tastes a little hoppy, but overall a really good beer. I have never had a bad Oscar Blues beer. (169 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gubna

Served in a Belgian tulip at Nob Hill Bar and Grill in Albuquerque.

Cloudy orange and yellow liquid and a pale white frothy head. A little muddled but otherwise nice. 4

Piney floral and citrusy sweet aroma. Big sweetness, big aroma. Delicious. 4.25

Berry flavors, light zesty citrus, pineyness. Good medley of flavors that work well together. Maybe a touch too much solvent flavor. 4

Big malty body feel, sweet and a bit tangy, and pretty mellow on the
bitterness. 4 (477 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned on 03/12/15

A: Pours a copper color with 2+ fingers of head that fades down to a thin ring around the glass that leaves some nice lacing

S: Citrus, light pine, and some sweetness up front. Some light maltiness comes through as well, but it's mostly candied hops

T: Follows the nose, but much more balanced. Starts off with some citrus and goes into some lightly spicy rye malt and pine notes. A light sweetness is present throughout, as well as a moderate bitterness. Finishes with lingering rye and some citrus rind

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Fairly smooth

O: A nice combination of hops and spicy rye, with the citrus and spiciness really standing out. The 10% and 100+ IBUs are masked extremely well, especially under the rye. Glad they got rid of the summit this year, as the onion/garlic could definitely throw the balance off a bit. Definitely worth trying now, though (902 characters)

Photo of IPAhipster
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Smells good, the taste can be a little dissapointing because it does not follow the nose, as their Pale Ale this is very malt heavy and bitterness not your typical DIPA, it does a REALLY good job hiding it's 10%. (212 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very aromatic with plenty of tropical notes as well as stone fruits.
Very citrusy, grapefruit, passionfruit and pineapple can easily be scented.
To bad it doesn't translate well to the taste for the taste is really more malts and hop bitterness.
Pours a sunset amber with a tall head. (284 characters)

Photo of RyanK252
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can poured into an Oskar Blues pint glass Canned

A: Pours golden yellow with a creamy off white head that hangs around and laces well.

S: Fruity, peach and melon, tropical fruit, a touch herbal, and big caramel malt sweetness.

T: Fruity melon, honeydew, cantaloupe, peach, and pear, a little spicy, a touch of pine, some dankness, a little citrus, hints of tropical fruit, and big caramel malt sweetness. A little alcohol on the finish.

M: Towards the heavier end of medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: There's a whole lot going on in this one, but I can't say I'm a huge fan. The fruitiness combined with the malt sweetness can be overwhelming. It really needs something like strong grapefruit to help balance it.

The 2015 edition features Galena, Columbus, Sorachi Ace, El Dorado, Comet, and Chinook hops. (818 characters)

Photo of dbl_delta
4.44/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy amber; thick white head. Good retention and lacing. Medium to thick mouthfeel. Hops are quite evident, although bitterness is not. Resiny, citrusy.

This would be a good alternative to Hop Crisis, which is one of my favs.

Update: Check the date on the bottom of the can. I'm drinking one that's over a year old and it's not nearly as good as fresh. (370 characters)

Photo of Big_V
4.16/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The aroma stood out for me on this one. Smells of honeydew melon, cantelope, very tropical. The taste was on point with the aroma. Getting a bit of alcohol on the finish,but it is 10%. Overall well done. (203 characters)

Photo of patre_tim
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Orange candy with a light cloudiness and few pin-head sized rising bubbles. Topped with a finger of yellowish head.



S: Really ripe pineapple, sweet and candy like, coconut, tropical fruit punch. Floral as well like a bouquet of flowers.



T: Tropical fruits, candied orange, phenols, a solid sweetness, a little cereal quality.



M: Thick and syrupy but balanced with a low powdery carbonation leaving a smooth finish. Alcohol is well hidden but the feel of it hits the whole mouth. Slightly sticky coating left on the tongue.



O: Great smell, good taste. Got it in Asheville, NC, drank in Kunming, China on March 13th, 2015. (640 characters)

Photo of curasowa
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Hazy, golden orange color with two finger of fluffy head that lingers quite a while with thick lacing.

Aroma: Malt really dominates the nose, with a nice mix of floral and earthy hop notes, resin, a little medicinal and woody.

Taste: Holy malt-bomb. A quick flash of bitterness, then lots of chewy, syrup-sweet malt with lots of booze. Nothing subtle about the 10% here. Some earthy bitterness builds towards the finish, but the flavor struggles under the weight of the malt and ends up being just bitter, which lingers on through the finish.

The Rest: This one's a but much. One glass is about all I think I could manage before wanting something else. (673 characters)

Photo of Celtics17
4.26/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I get some grapefruit, followed by a nice malty sweetness. I can see the malt destroying this Imperial quickly if it goes further past it's canning date. I get some rye from rye malt. A nice bread character. Some spice, with orange peel later in the beer.

The beer starts off with tropical fruit as the big taste coming through. In the final sips as the beer warms. It becomes a big floral bouquet. (400 characters)

Photo of Brackh
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy head. Smells like sweet tropical citrus. Upfront taste is sweet and almost reminds me of a barley wine. Malty for sure too. Very clean and not too bitter on the back end. This is unique for sure. I really like it though. Hides the fact that it is 10% well. (289 characters)

Photo of SierraFlight
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can into pint at Rocklands. Pours hazy coppery orange with two fingers of white foam that leave lots of lacing. Aromas of pine, citrus rind, and tropical fruit. There’s some bready malt, too. Hits the front of the tongue with malty sweetness then the pine/citrus bitter flavors come on. Creamy, oily mouthfeel with medium carbonation. (336 characters)

Photo of InI
5/5  rDev +34%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Simply amazing. Must drink. I didn't think it was possible to hide that much alcohol and bitterness into a sweet citrusy nectar of goddess. This really tastes like a grapefruit juice that makes you happy. This is my favorite beer (229 characters)

Photo of laughableman
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A—Hazy, Light Golden

S—Intense citrusy hop

T—Tastes like grapefruit Juice

M—Long-lasting finish, tannin, alcohol

O—Overall, it tastes of pure citrusy hops—suitable for an extreme hophead. Would not recommend for the casual drinker. (249 characters)

Photo of RickS95
4.21/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a milky golden orange. Very cloudy. Looks like a wit. The head is bright white and has the expected meringue-like foamy top. Frothy large bubbles sitting on top of tiny, tight bubbles. Thick, sticky lace.

Sweet tropical fruit fills the nose. Lots of citrus, but a splash of pineapple sweetens the pot. Pine and grapefruit round out the scents. Malts are surely there, but you won't notice or care.

Very pleasant taste as the German malts finally show, giving the palate a break from all the hops. The pine is the dominant flavor, though grapefruit and pineapple make appearances, with rye making just a cameo for spice.

A big hit of sweet tropicalness opens the sip but gentle bitterness soons grabs the tongue and never relinquishes. ABV is high, but you never pick it up. Again, spicy rye shows up late to the party, just before the finish. Plenty of bittering agents make it a long bitter finish.

I had this beer a bit on the cold side, so it was a bit less tame than it might have been had it warmed a little. I like it the way I had it. The bitterness was never overwhelming, but with the high ABV and rye, I'm sure it could have been. A really good beer. (1,185 characters)

GUBNA Imperial IPA from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
84 out of 100 based on 929 ratings.